How IT professionals can integrate Windows 8 into the workplace

31 May 2013
Software News

In the past, when businesses decided to upgrade operating systems, the process was much simpler than it is today. PCs were the most commonly used device in the office and installing new software was fairly easy. However, today IT professionals are faced with integrating solutions that work for PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Moreover, employees are working remotely and are often even allowed to bring personal products into the workplace under Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. Clearly, there are a lot of factors that must be considered when implementing new technology, even when it's a simple OS upgrade. 

With proper Microsoft training, IT workers can be ready to integrate the company's latest OS offering – Windows 8 – into business operations. However, there are some tasks that Forrester suggests following to make the transition to the platform a little easier. 

Regulate BYOD
One of the first things that IT teams should do before setting up Windows 8 is to formulate a detailed BYOD policy, according to the source. Starting a pilot program to test the use of the OS on personal devices is a good strategy. Then, discussing a well thought-out management policy for personal product use in the workplace should be conducted with employees. Education on best security practices should be a top concern. 

Future migration easy with the cloud
If applications are on the cloud, any migration effort that is made down the road will be much easier to accomplish. Also, doing so will make it easier for employees to access company systems from whichever device they use. Moreover, the source suggests that IT teams should avoid constructing platforms on browser specific standards and should instead develop applications on open web standards which offers more adaptability. 

Test on virtualized devices
Creating a virtualized PC server is a great way to test how applications will operate within a given system. Modeling it after the infrastructure already in place at a given company can provide an adequate preview of how well systems will work. 

As PCWorld noted the first upgrade for Windows 8 is set to be released next month. Several new features including the ability to resize apps in order to increase the number of open programs will be shipped with Windows 8.1. It shows just how quickly software changes. 

Whether its SQL server or SharePoint training, IT workers need to properly educate themselves on a regular basis in order to stay up with IT trends. 

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